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Building Baby’s First Library: 25 Books You Must Have

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Babies change so quickly, so much of what we have for them is outgrown and never needed again. But books bought for Baby could be something you'll want to keep forever.

When you have your first baby, onesies will come out of the woodwork. It is as if everyone has just been waiting with bated breath to shower them upon you.

Unfortunately, babies grow out of onesies. Babies will grow out of their books, too, but if you build a solid library, you will keep those books around far longer than a 3-6 month-old romper.

I used to work in the children’s department at a local bookstore and I found myself sneak-reading books when the flow of customers was particularly slow.

There has been a recent trend of adults forming children’s lit book clubs and I get it.

The short stories are the perfect way for a charming narrative to enter your consciousness, even if the bedtime stories seem more designed for you than your ever-energetic little one.

Here are 25 books you and your little one might enjoy for many years:

1) "Goodnight Moon," by Margaret Wise Brown
We had to. The nostalgia alone will keep this book on your shelf well past the years of bedtime stories.

2) "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr.
Published in the 1960s, the repetitive nature of this book is perfect for little ones forming their first words.

3) "Pat The Bunny," by Dorothy Kunhardt
People have been patting the bunny since the 1940s and children never find the "touch and feel" style boring.

4) "Toes, Ears, & Nose!" by Marion Dane Bauer
This "lift-the-flap" adventure can be your baby’s first anatomy book.

5) "Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever!" by Richard Scarry
Different backgrounds and labeled parts will make this one of your baby’s favorite books once they become a toddler.

6) "Guess How Much I Love You," by Sam McBratney
This book is as much for parents as for the children. It will make you come down with a case of the feels.

7) "Love You Forever," by Robert Munsch

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